The majority of texters who used Shout 85258 identified as female, making up 80% of our first 500,000 conversations. This reflects patterns that we see in society, where the mental health of women and girls is deteriorating compared to that of men. For example, women are three times more likely than men to experience common mental health problems and rates of self-harm among young women have tripled since 1993.
The main issues females texted Shout about were anxiety/stress (34%), suicide (36%), depression/sadness (33%), relationships (24%), self-harm (19%), and isolation/loneliness (18%).
While males mentioned self-harm in around 10% of conversations, females mentioned it in around 19%. They were also twice as likely to mention eating disorders and body image compared to males.
We have taken 57,246 conversations about self-harm, 84% of which were with females and 65% with young women aged 24 and under. In these conversations, 43% also mentioned suicide and just over 6% mentioned body image.